Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has announced that 12 urban water quality projects will receive funding from the state’s Water Quality Initiative. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will provide financial and technical assistance to the communities and organizations that are implementing urban water quality practices to manage storm water.
Locally, Jefferson County Kids Inc. is working with Pathfinders RC&D and the Jefferson County Health Center to install seven bioretention cells on the site of its new childcare center. The cells will include native plants that absorb rainwater into the soil, which helps reduce the volume of water flowing off the parking lot and roof into Indian Creek.
The project, which was awarded $53,365 as part of the initiative, also includes plans for two acres of soil quality restoration after the construction is complete.